Physiotherapy

In MDC’s physiotherapy department the following conditions are managed after thorough evaluation, diagnosis, and specific treatment programs:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain/Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • CVA/Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Pinched/Irritated Nerves
  • Foot Pain/Plantar Fasciitis and Spurs
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
  • Hip Pain/Replacement
  • Pediatric care (CP…Etc.)
  • Dizziness/Balance Problems
  • Sport Injuries/Sprains/Strains
  • Shoulder pain/Impingement/Dislocations
  • Pain following fall/car accident
  • Pain following immobilization
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Tendonitis
  • Headaches
  • Ankle sprain/fracture/pain
  • Rotator cuff Tears/Surgeries
  • Heel pain/Achilles

Methods Of Treatment

Manual Therapy

Soft tissue mobilization, deep tissue work, trigger point release, superficial and deep myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), assisted stretching, manual traction, joint mobilization, joint capsule release, assisted muscle energy techniques.

Therapeutic Exercises

Improve strength/stability, range of motion/flexibility, power, agility, endurance, and balance/proprioception with a gym program, aquatic program, and/or home program utilizing dumbbells, resistive tubing, stability balls, gym machines, vibration platforms, balance boards and discs, pools, medicine balls, and body weight exercises.

Modalities

Therapeutic ultrasound, cervical and lumbar mechanical traction, electrical stimulation for pain/inflammation control and muscle strength, phonophoresis and iontophoresis for anti-inflammatory and local analgesic effects, moist heat, cold packs and ice massage, ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy), LASER…etc.

Phases of Treatment

Acute Phase of Treatment

Early physical therapy following injury or surgery will decrease pain, improve range of motion, maximize rehabilitation potential, and maintain physical fitness.  Treatments may include gentle range of motion, massage for muscle spasms and swellings, incision management, brace or assistive device fitting, and safe cardiovascular exercise to enhance blood flow and decrease inflammation in the body.

Sub-Acute Phase of Treatment

This stage of healing is when your body is remodeling tissues and beginning to decrease inflammation.  In this phase it is important to promote range of motion and flexibility, decrease pain and swelling, and begin to gain strength.  Treatments may include range of motion, assisted stretching, joint mobilization, gentle therapeutic exercises and aquatic therapy, brace or orthotic fitting, and individualized education regarding posture, ergonomics, activities of daily living, and gait

Chronic Phase of Treatment

Many injuries, surgeries, or conditions remain in the chronic phase from improper or insufficient rehabilitation, continued micro-trauma, muscle imbalances, flexibility deficiencies, or poor posture/body mechanics.  Physical therapy will identify the factors contributing to the performing aspects of your condition, and utilize the following as indicated:  soft tissue mobilization from myofascial release to deep tissue/trigger point work, activity specific exercises to improve strength/muscle activation and timing, modalities to reduce residual inflammation/pain and increase tissue extensibility, walking/running/posture/performance analysis, etc.

Injury Prevention and Wellness

Many injuries can be prevented.  Once you have had an injury, you are prone to re-injury or an injury from compensation and/or faulty mechanics.  Meer PT will perform a thorough and comprehensive evaluation to identify areas of weakness, tightness, or incorrect body mechanics, posture, or performance.  Wellness is a large aspect of injury prevention and living a long, healthy life.  Wellness may include the transition from rehabilitation to personal training and an independent fitness program, or an individualized exercise program to target your specific needs.

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